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For every pound I lost, I put $5 in an envelope in a bureau drawer. If I gained a pound, out came the $5. I never "borrowed" from it. I only put in money when a whole pound was lost. When I reached goal I had enough to treat myself and my new body to a day at a spa!

- Submitted by CAROLJEAN64 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 47 Comments
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VIRTUEFIT 5/20/2010 6:11:00 PM

    Way to go! Likewise, if you gain a pound, you should deduct from your spa fund and donate to a charity.
TERFREE 3/25/2010 2:40:00 PM

    I not only like this idea, I love it, time to buy myself a piggy bank with the first $5
ROBINSU65 10/16/2010 12:57:00 PM

    Such a simple Idea! I'm going to start this with my next weigh in.
50 pounds would give me $250. Now that is a nice carrot to dangle. emoticon
BUSYBEE2011 7/26/2011 5:02:00 AM

    This is a great idea and can be altered depending upon one's circumstances or needs. I make mini goals for myself along the way. For example, I'll treat myself to a manicure or pedicure for 5 pounds lost, buy a new workout outfit for 10 pounds, or purchase a new pair of earrings for 15 pounds lost. I like the ideas others gave about rewarding themselves for meeting their fitness or nutritional goals too. That is a wonderful way to recognize the hard work and effort you are putting forth toward your health and fitness, regardless of what the scale says. Keep up the good work everyone!
NICKI2B 6/18/2011 5:05:00 PM

    Love it! This also helps remind us that We Are Worth the effort!
FPIRKLE 11/18/2010 8:21:00 AM

    I am 76 with an invalid spouse and keeping motivated is a challenge for me. Money talks, so now that I am "listening" maybe it will help. I only have about 15 pounds to lose so guess $20 a pound is more like it! emoticon
SECRET_SWITCH 11/16/2010 9:41:00 PM

    sounds awesome I may have to try it! I don't know if I can afford $5, we shall see! Thanks for sharing!
HERKYLOSER 11/16/2010 11:13:00 AM

    Great idea! So many times when we think of rewarding ourselves we think of food!! This is a great way to reward ourselves - - I'm thinking new wardrobe down the road! Thanks for sharing.
TES5061 11/16/2010 9:48:00 AM

    I did something similar to this. For each week that I made my goal, I would put $10 in a piggy bank. I figured out that by the time I reach my goal, I would have saved up $300 for a new wardrobe/shopping spree since I would need it! emoticon
REBECKY441 4/23/2014 4:39:00 PM

    I've done this before with a dime for every 10 minutes on my bike or treadmill! You will be surprised how quickly those dimes add up!!
WALDEN9 7/10/2013 10:51:00 AM

    this is an awesome idea. however, what happens when you stay the same, do you not put any money in the drawer, and if you lose 1/2 pound do you stick 2.50 in the drawer.
IDJ1973 2/6/2013 12:48:00 PM

    awesome idea
BREADTIN 12/9/2012 4:08:00 AM

    This is such a great idea! I've been following this for a few weeks, putting $10 per pound in a jar, and watching the amount grow.

I'll use the cash to buy some lovely new clothes when I get to my goal weight. emoticon
ASCIESZKA 6/21/2012 6:07:00 AM

    Great idea! I used to motivate myself through gifts and awards or little treats but this is actually better. emoticon
CDFAUSTIN 7/4/2011 11:20:00 AM

    Perfect! I love the idea and think i will add in fitness goals as well. I said i'd go to Italy for my 40th, and this is a very motivating way to start saving for that trip!
ICANDOTHISJEN 6/11/2011 7:53:00 PM

    I'm new to SP and came across your great idea to pay the piggy $5.00 for every pound loss. Seeing that I have over 130 pounds to lose will reward me to a fun shopping spree!!!! Love it!!! emoticon
LYNETTEMOM 5/25/2011 1:26:00 PM

    fabulous idea! I have a hard time coming up with rewards that aren't food related and this is an incremental way to build up to a good-for-you goal. I'm going to try it
NEW_ME_FOREVER 3/5/2011 6:52:00 PM

    Love it!
SORCHA89 3/3/2011 5:09:00 PM

    Holy cow what a FANTASTIC idea! Thank you so so so much! emoticon
ADAMANT25 2/28/2011 11:42:00 PM

    I just started this week, and I think is definitely something I'm going to do, although when I reach my goal, I don't think a day at the spa is what I'm going to do...maybe a trip to the casino...or some new clothes.
2011GORDITA 2/5/2011 10:53:00 PM

    Love this idea, I guess each one of us can used the saved up money for somethings that is special for ourselves. I will used the money for new clothes! Once you lose all the weight you need new clothes!!
XXUNLUV3DLIZXX 2/4/2011 12:33:00 PM

    I love this idea, at the end of my journey i'd have roughly $500, not bad to go on a shopping spree with!
DANDYDONNAJ 1/15/2011 1:29:00 PM

    I am saving $80.00 for each pound that I lose. And my motive is
that by the time I reach my weight goal ~ I can pay CASH for a
Vespa Scooter!
OOPSIE-DAISY 11/22/2010 2:59:00 AM

    I <3 this idea! I can't wait to start banking money for another trip to the beach...and maybe a smaller bathing suit! emoticon
OOPSIE-DAISY 11/22/2010 2:53:00 AM

    I <3 this idea! I can't wait to start banking money for another trip to the beach...and maybe a smaller bathing suit! emoticon
DDANI57 11/18/2010 10:40:00 AM

    I really like this idea. I plan to start using next week when i weigh in. Thanks! emoticon
ARIMICH 11/17/2010 3:48:00 PM

    This is a great idea! Thanks for the tip!
JANMAREE1 11/16/2010 9:06:00 PM

    Fantastic idea. No guilt spending too!! emoticon
ROSEACLARK 11/16/2010 6:49:00 PM

    Sounds like an excellent plan to me!!!
LYSADELL 11/16/2010 4:31:00 PM

    I'm trying this!!! Great idea
RLPARKER26 11/16/2010 1:52:00 PM

    What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing.
MCCALI59 11/16/2010 6:19:00 AM

    emoticon emoticon
FAJAAA 9/14/2010 9:56:00 AM

    WHAT AN AWESOME IDEA. i WILL TRY IT.

tHANKS
RACHJOB 8/17/2010 4:48:00 AM

    I think that is a great idea and I am going to do the same.
KIKA209 8/3/2010 11:56:00 PM

    I will try that!
SEWFITSINGER 7/29/2010 4:33:00 PM

    Great idea!
JEN-TINK1 6/26/2010 10:07:00 PM

    That is a great idea. I use to
do that. then I forgot about it.
Thanks emoticon emoticon
LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 6/17/2010 12:03:00 PM

    Great idea!
SLEEPYDEAN 5/26/2010 2:46:00 PM

    Ohh I might do this to earn myself the Garmin I want. I could do $10 a pound and be done by August when I need it to start training for a half marathon.
JOSEPH4715 5/24/2010 11:37:00 PM

    I'll try it myself! emoticon
DARK_ANGEL10 4/23/2010 6:04:00 PM

    This is an awesome idea. I'm going to implement this one. Thx.
JULESACCORD 3/29/2010 8:55:00 PM

    What a wonderfully awesome idea! emoticon
I love going to the spa and it would be a great way to treat myself after reaching my goal. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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SWEETMEL381 3/28/2010 4:50:00 PM

    use the money to buy something in your new smaller size!!! fun fun Think I need to try this
TONIABLAKE 3/26/2010 10:56:00 AM

    I love this idea! Why didn't I think of it? LOL I'll definitely be doing this. I wonder, can I put in for all the lbs I lost before? LOL
SKIPSIDE 3/25/2010 7:35:00 PM

    I've been doing $10/lb but haven't decided what I'll do with money...hmmm...
Thanks for submitting the idea as I'm sure this will work for many of us.
LADYANDREA2012 3/25/2010 4:05:00 PM

    Wow, this a great, great, great Idea. For me, the best I had heard in several weeks. I am going to start doing the same the next time I weight myself. Keep Up this Great Secrets!!!

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LINDA6105 3/25/2010 3:26:00 PM

    Great idea, I'm going to start with the next pound!

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